To go from not leaving the house due to anxiety to being able to get out everyday and even go to school sound likes it is helping more than "a bit' in my opinion. Glad you're getting some relief. Have you thought of combining lamotrigine to your sertraline? There are some studies suggesting that the combo of an SSRI and lamotrigine can actually reduce depersonalization symptoms in some people.I take a low dose of sertraline, 50mg. Took me a good week to get over the initial side effects of 25mg, then another week of side effects for 50mg. It doesn't really help my dpdr (maybe a higher dose would? I don't know), but it helps my anxiety and depression a bit. I still feel dpdr, but not as anxious about it. I feel good enough to actually get out of bed and do stuff every day, and go to school. Before I started sertraline I didn't leave the house because I was so anxious.
My initial side effects were tiredness, dizziness, nausea, headaches. I'm not a supporter of taking meds for things unless you really have to, I prefer going the natural route. But I tried every natural thing to help anxiety and depression, and nothing helped. So after many months I finally took the sertraline and it has helped me quite a bit (or at least enough to live some kind of life). You definitely don't have to take any medication unless you want to, but if you're desperate for some help, you may as well try it/keep taking it. Of course, if you feel really awful, stop! There are many meds out there to help with mental illness, and you'll never know what will or will not help you unless you try. Keep us updated!
The sertraline does help, I have good and bad days, but whatever. Better than sitting on the couch all day every day. My doctor didn't really know what dp/dr was, so she just gave me some meds for anxiety. I have read a bit about lamotrigine, but I will definitely look into it more, thanks!